The application process
The below breakdown offers information based on the various submission requirements and the process involved in submitting a proposal for Grant Funding.
- Entry level documentation requirements
Please refer to the relevant FICA breakdowns for the basic entry level documentation required to initiate the participant application process. If there is any one document that your company is not able to submit, please refrain from applying as we are not permitted to accept or consider your application without such. Please note that successful Participants will need to submit their FICA documents annually and for the period that they participate.
Please select below to download the relevant FICA requirements:
2. Business Scope Survey
Potential Participants will be required to complete the “Business Scope Survey” and submit such with all fields completed. The purpose of this is to provide the Cluster with insight into your future business plans, and the challenges or opportunities identified to drive growth. It is also designed to inform the Project Proposal Application – outlined in the next step.
3. Project Proposal Application
The following provides an outline of the application process. It is important to note that if you, the potential Participant, are unable to meet the aforementioned entry level documentation requirements and criteria, then your request will not be considered.
Step 1: Initial Engagement with participants on project proposal
SAMC team will engage with the participant to introduce the Cluster, and deliver an understanding of what SAMC is, the project processes that need to be followed, the requirements to participate as well as, opportunities and commitments.
Step 2: Finalisation & Submission of Project Proposal by participant
The participant will be required to submit various documentation, including (but not limited to): FICA & Conditions Precedent (CP) documents (as mentioned above in section 1), Project Proposal and supporting documentation (budgets, milestones), and a formal funding request etc.
Step 3: Project Proposal Review & Outcome by Adjudication Panel
In this step the project proposal is presented to the adjudication panel for review. The proposal will be approved or rejected at this point. If approved, an Account Manager and relevant project code assigned.
Step 4: Participant Handover
During this step an approval letter is issued and discussions relative to MOA’s, procedures and due diligence processes are explained.
Step 5: Drawdowns
The NPC will review all documentation submitted and a drawdown will be finalised and processed.
Step 6: Evaluation & Monitoring
Project milestones will be tracked against the defined targets and supporting documents to illustrate progress and/or meeting of targets will need to be submitted.
Step 7: NPC Financial Year-End (Final Project Review)
In this step the project is reviewed and a report to illustrate actual vs. budget is generated.
REJECTION OF PROPOSALS
It must be noted that it is the SAMC’s primary obligation to approve Grant Funding for Participants that not only meet mandatory requirements, but that have a plan or project proposal that will drive positive growth of mohair value- addition in South Africa.
In some instances, potential Participants will exhibit fundamental challenges within their operations that will negatively impact on their potential to drive growth. Examples of such may be (and are not limited to):
- inadequate product or design capabilities – lowering demand or competitiveness;
- limited product range – delivering less choice for potential wholesale or retail partners;
- or quality standards that do not subscribe to international expectations.
In addition, potential Participants who are not able to communicate long-term planning and impact or illustrate clearly defined business plans are unable to present cohesive forward-thinking project plans may not be considered. When the investment vs the potential return (or potential impact) appear to be misaligned, it is SAMC’s responsibility to reject such proposals.
SAMC administers *CTCP CIP Grant Funding for the sole purpose of growing the mohair Sector of South Africa, its respective global competitiveness, and therefore assessment of potential Participants will be managed critically.